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Simon Harsent Bases Underwater Series on 'Into the Abyss'

By: Jason Soy - Published: Jan 20, 2012 • References: simonharsent and designcollector.net
This beautiful photo series by Simon Harsent is mesmerizing enough on its own without the knowledge that it was inspired by a David Harsent poem. The way the graceful subject twists and turns under water is both dynamic and serene. It’s as though she’s moving effortlessly through air rather than the dense matter that is H2O. Once viewers become aware that this hypnotic series is actually inspired by ‘Into the Abyss,’ their enjoyment of the series exponentially increases as they can apply that narrative to these images.

Simon Harsent captures the essence of the poem by depicting a girl exploring the green and blue ocean. The light that pierces the surface of the water is representative of the first part of ‘Into the Abyss,’ while the deep, dark-blue color of the bottom of each picture symbolizes the abyss the protagonist eventually journeys into.